Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan (1162–1227): The man behind the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world. And the greatest wonder is that he did all that conquering of thirty three million square kms sitting on a horse back. Genghis Khan conquered more than twice as much as any other man in history. I have no idea how many people he killed and tortured. Genghis Khan's religious tradition is widely speculated to be Shamanism or Tengriism. Babar the Mughal emperor claims to be a far descendant of this man. There are mixed views about Genghis Khan in different parts of the world. The Mongolians consider him as a great legend and see him as the founding father of their nation.

Despite the many images and pictures of Genghis Khan made in subsequent years, we have no portrait of him made within his lifetime.

Here are some of the quotes of this significant personality in world history.

“Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard.”

“It is not sufficient that I succeed--all others must fail.”

“I am the punishment of God...If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”

“In the space of seven years I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work and uniting the whole world in one Empire.”

“Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemies and lead long and happy lives.”

“The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.”

The Mongol empire expansion

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